2017-01-06 / Community

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Library to host marine entrepreneur discussion

Dr. Barry Costa-Pierce, chairman of the Department of Marine Sciences and Director of the Marine Science Center at the University of New England, will give a presentation 6 p.m. March 1 at Kennebunk Free Library. His presentation, UNE Marine Sciences Developing New Trans-Atlantic Ocean Foods Entrepreneurship through International Scientific and Educational Cooperation, is sponsored by the Camden Conference, in cooperation with the World Affairs Council.

The world’s oceans produce only 1 to 4 percent of total human foods. Aquatic protein production systems of fisheries and aquaculture are far superior choices for global investments to 2050 and beyond in comparison to any other terrestrial animal protein production systems. Nutrient- and omega-3-rich seafoods are, from other global scientific reviews, better food choices for human health than land-based protein foods. The talk will focus on the rapidly changing North Atlantic and peri-Arctic seas and resources and how UNE is developing international scientific and educational partnerships for the full utilization and sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture resources with an emphasis on full marine product utilization as more sustainable alternatives to the current, inefficient ocean food economies where about one-half of all fisheries’ harvests are wasted.

Costa-Pierce has a doctorate in oceanography from the University of Hawaii and a master of science from the University of Vermont.

His research interests are in ocean food ecosystems and how seafood systems throughout the world interact with marine ecosystems, fisheries, aquaculture, and people. Costa-Pierce has spent a career developing local to global scientific and educational programs and partnerships.

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